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Julie Gough: the art and culture of collecting

Ozolins, B ORCID: 0000-0002-8999-4747 2018 , 'Julie Gough: the art and culture of collecting', in Julie Gough (ed.), Fugitive history: the art of Julie Gough , UWA Publishing, Crawley, pp. 67-75.

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Shells, cuttlefish bones, rope, coal, lengths of tea-tree, clothing, tools, book pages, chairs,tables, beds, carpets, antlers, cutlery, crockery, paper, shoes, curtains, maps, documents,bricks, wallpaper, wool, fabric, seaweed.These are just some of the materials that Julie Gough uses in the creation of herartwork. An obsessive collector, sorter and investigator, she has a clear and unwaveringsense of determination about the objects, information or artefacts she needs to find foreach project she tackles. She will travel long distances by car, air, canoe, ferry or on footto find a particular type of shell or plant, or to take photographs that will form the basisof an artwork. In her search she will camp on remote beaches, sleeping in a tent beneaththe stars and cooking over a small fire. She will spend hours in libraries and state archives,trawling through documents and microfilm in search of clues about her TasmanianAboriginal heritage. She will transcribe historical records by hand over a period of weeks -word by word, page by page - until every piece of evidence has been absorbed throughthe re-recording process. She will fall asleep at 3 am, sitting upright over an artwork thatdemands to be finished. Gough is a driven artist - and she also has the fearless curiosityof a detective and the dedicated patience of an archivist.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Ozolins, B
Keywords: Julie Gough, installation art, sculpture, indigenous art
Publisher: UWA Publishing
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Copyright 2018 Julie Gough

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